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SPLM-N Rift: Agar sacks spokesperson and some external officials, as Hilu warns against conspiracy


June 12, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) Malik Agar Monday has relieved the Movement’s official spokesperson besides a number of heads of external offices.

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SPLM-N leader Malik Agar (C) his deputy Abdel Aziz al-Hilu (L) and SG Yasir Arman pose for a picture in undisclosed location in the rebel controlled areas in March 2014 (AFP/Getty Photo)

However, the SPLM-N Abdel Aziz al-Hilu issued a statement predicting that Agar would promote the SPLA-N command and other military officers and warned that he has no authority to make such decisions.

The Nuba Mountains Leadership Council (NMLC) of the SPLM-N decided to install Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu as temporary chairman of the Movement and relieved Agar from the leadership of the armed group together with the Secretary General Yasser Arman. However, Agar rejected the move describing it as a “coup d’état”.

In two executive decisions extended to Sudan Tribune, Agar relieved the Movement official spokesperson Arnu Ngutulu Lodi and the heads of SPLM-N chapters in United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands and Canada.

He further decided to appoint Mubarak Ardol as the official spokesperson of the Movement and the army and to appoint Lieut. Col. Mawjoud Mohamed Daoud as an official spokesperson of the peace file.

Recently, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi has joined al-Hilu’s group and issued a statement calling on the Movement base to support the new leadership.


In a swift reaction to Agar’s decisions, the Office of SPLM-N al-Hilu Chairman released a statement warning against a "sabotage scheme" that Agar is implementing saying he would continue issuing a series of decisions of dismissal, appointment and illegal upgrade within the SPLA-N.

Agar plans to "promote to the rank of Lieutenant General, Major General Gagod Mukwar Murada, Ahmed Al-Umda Badi and Izzat Koko Angelo" in addition to the promotion of a number of brigade commanders to the rank of major general," further said the statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Monday night.

It further says that these decisions have no legitimacy and only made for the purpose of seducing these officers to join their "defeatist project".

" We direct the officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) not to deal with or follow these illegitimate decisions aimed at undermining the decisions of the Liberation Councils of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains/Southern Kordofan, and to spread sedition and chaos," said the statement.

The Sudanese army has been fighting SPLM-N rebels in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, also known as the Two Areas since 2011.


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  • 13 June 2017 04:40, by lino

    You leaders of SPLM/A, please don’t give Al Bashir another break to come and get you all dead or alive. They finished up with Dar Fur and now with this summer season, they will send you their militias to clear out the 2 areas.

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  • 13 June 2017 07:56, by Resolution

    let them divide such that south Sudanese will bring peace to young nation we are tired of their gangs fuelling the south Sudan conflict. Malik and Arman will never do fruitful things to Nuba people, Hilu has taken right decision to have your own leadership and fight for self determination and God bless you

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  • 13 June 2017 10:00, by Son of BLue Nile

    Malik Agar is a joking subject for sure sacking or appointing grow up and see you are not people’s leader anymore just accept and rest opportunity knock once and if you fail to see it then forget about it simple.

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